"Mail" app reduces attachment file sizes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by soonadog, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. soonadog macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    I was trying to send a 4 MB photo as an attachment though Mail, but it kept coming to the recipient as a greatly reduced file size - like 157 KB!

    I tried sending it though gmail and it came through at 4 MB. I called my ISP and they did a test and it's not them - in fact, if I send it through the ISP's webmail service it comes through full size.

    So it seems that it is the Apple Mail client doing the reducing without asking me.

    Any ideas how to get around this and still use Mail?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Don't quote me as I'm not sat at my mac right now but I'm sure there was another thread on this and it was down to how the picture was attached.
  3. soonadog thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    I have searched and can't find a related thread, so if anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate it.
  4. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    I sometimes force Mail to send an attachment full size by using the drop-down menu at the bottom of the text window.

    Mine is labled "Image Size" and offers small, medium, large, and actual size.

    Unless I'm misunderstanding your question, that's what you want to do: select "actual size."

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